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Queensland Reds drop second player within 24 hours

Reds fly-half Quade Cooper

Following on from news earlier in the day that Quade Cooper was surplus to requirements, Queensland Reds head coach, Brad Thorn has now told Nick Frisby he is not part of his plans for the team.

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Frisby has struggled for form throughout 2017, falling behind James Tuttle in the pecking order, but now Thorn has made the call to promote either young gun Hamish Stewart or Duncan Paia’aua.

 

“I’ve had honest conversations with Quade Cooper and Nick Frisby about where they currently sit in our plans for 2018,” Thorn said.

“They’re not training with the Reds at the moment and will be training with their clubs instead.”

The mercurial Cooper has been linked with a move to Japan having returned to the Super Rugby franchise last year following a short spell with Toulon, but looks set to be on the move again.

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The playmaker, omitted from Australia’s squad for the tour of the northern hemisphere, signed a three-year contract with Reds and the Australian Rugby Union, yet new coach Thorn has decided he is surplus to requirements.

 

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William 1 hours ago
All Blacks vs England takeaways: Richie Who? Time for Cortez

Correct analysis of Perofeta’s bungling of the try opportunity Ben. Never ‘fixed’ Steward as he came across in defence and passed too early. Steward didn’t have to break his stride and simply moved on to pressure Telea. Never scanned the easier option of passing to the two supporting players on the inside. Beauden Barrett showed how it is done when he put Telea in for his try. Another point from the game is that the rush defence is hard to maintain as the number of phases increases. From scrums the defensive line only contains backs who all have roughly the same pace. Once forwards are involved, the defence has players with variable speeds often leading to a jagged line. It also tends to lose pace overall giving the attack more time and space. Beauden Barrett’s break to set up Telea’s try came because Baxter went in to tackle McKenzie and Steward went out to cover Telea. Barrett has a massive hole to run through, then commits Steward by passing as late as possible and Telea scores untouched. Another comment I would make is that Ben Earl is a good player and generally an excellent defender but he made three significant misses in the series, two of which led to All Black tries. Got stepped by Perofeta in Dunedin for Savea’s try, missed McKenzie in Auckland leading to what should have been a certain try being set up by Perofeta and was one of the tacklers who couldn’t stop Savea in the leadup to Telea’s first try. Perhaps he should contact Owen Farrell to pick up a few tips from ‘tackle school’.

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